Afghan Army Gunners Conduct First Live Firing Exercise

8 March 2011 (Last Updated March 8th, 2011 18:30)

The Afghan National Army gunners have conducted the first multinational partnered live firing exercise marking the end of five months of training in Helmand. The exercise involved troops from the UK and Denmark firing weapons that included Russian-made D-30 122mm howitzer guns, 105mm ligh

The Afghan National Army gunners have conducted the first multinational partnered live firing exercise marking the end of five months of training in Helmand.

The exercise involved troops from the UK and Denmark firing weapons that included Russian-made D-30 122mm howitzer guns, 105mm light gun and 120mm mortars.

The new skills were put into practice during the live firing confirmatory exercise, a type of exercise commonly performed by trainee gunners in the UK.

The Afghan gunners that participated in the exercise were from the 4th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 215 Corps of the Afghan National Army.

Brigade advisory group royal artillery Major Mike Lynskey said the training exercise represented the first step towards an independent Afghan National Army artillery capability.